shame, safety and silence: the lessons i refuse to learn

9 days in the life of a children's book author/artist/activist

i have been making children’s books since 1995, but i have to admit, this was a helluva 9 days. to start off, i wrote about jacqueline woodson winning the national book award!!! and the series of racist jokes by snicket/handler at the ceremony. just a few days later i wrote …

The Underlying Image

Claiming Face blog series with Maya Gonzalez - Part 5

All art is self-portraiture. It is unavoidable. Through my Polka Dot Theory, we can come to see that something as simple as a polka dot expresses something, however minute, about ourselves. My polka dot is different than your polka dot. Each dot potentially expresses everything from what kind of mood …

keys and library cards

all things return in good time

sometimes babies ‘disappear’ things. so it was with a particular set of keys. they vanished for a very long time. we assumed they’d show up, but after months, it seemed they never would. then something weird happened. they showed up! matthew had to dig his hands down in between the …

renegotiating “creative blocks”

perceiving the deeper currents of our creativity

*( i wrote this for the authorartists in my HEART OF IT/creating children’s books that matter course. it’s still a little ROUGH, but i wanted to share) Often we think of creative flow as this fantastic high of great productivity and inspiration pouring out of our being. This can seem …